[act-ma] 1/08 - Free UPandOUT film screening: "Children of Shatila" - Thurs, Jan 8th

pf soto pfsoto at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 14:46:24 PST 2009

Showing Thursday, Jan 8th, in Cambridge:

*/Children of Shatila                               47 /*min*/ 

More than 350,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, 15,000 of them 
in the refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut. Through the eyes of two 
children who live in this camp*, Issa* and *Farah*, this documentary 
explores the determination to keep family and dreams thriving in a 
landscape that has been sculpted by war, poverty, grief and displacement.

*Issa*, a little boy who lives with his grandfather, sustained severe 
injuries when he was hit by a speeding car and has trouble learning in 
school. *Farah* lives with her parents and two sisters. The children's 
memories and history are shaped by the violence that surrounds them. 
Both have lost family in massacres by Israel and attacks that followed 
the 1948 Diaspora and in Israel's 1982 invasion of and assault on 
Lebanon. An aunt was decapitated, an uncle shot --- every family and 
friend they know has lost someone to Israel's violence.

The filmmaker gives Issa and Farah a small video camera to film their 
lives and learn how they see their own world. Both children start asking 
their elders how they felt about leaving Palestine. When queried about 
what he wants to tell the new generation of Palestinians, an old man 
asks that Palestine must never be forgotten. "Promise me that," he tells 
the children.

The children inspire viewers with their ability to keep their hearts and 
minds open. Farah tells a nursery class, */"Imagining is the main thing, 
even if you only draw a bird./*" And* Issa has a wonderful dream where 
he is a prince.***


7 pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends! Free
film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education./" ~ 
Malcolm X

/"No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse 
from their country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to 
accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?/" ~Bertrand Russell


*UPandOUT film series  - see http://rule19.org/videos*
Why should YOU care? It's your money that pays for the occupation &
illegal Israeli settlements.

*[NOTE * beginning Jan 2009, our screenings will be every *2nd Tuesday*  
of the month

'/If you don't take responsibility for what goes in your mind, someone 
else will/"

pf soto
rule19.org <http://rule19.org>
UPandOUT.org <http://upandout.org>
AZAPOI.org <http://azapoi.org>

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